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Archive: Nov 2012 (Page 2)

  • Hostess to Liquidate Due to Baker’s Union Strike

    Posted on Nov 16, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Hostess Brands, Inc., the makers of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced this morning that after a one-week strike by the baker’s union, the company will move to liquidate all of its assets and shut down for good. The members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) walked out of many of Hostess’s 36 bakeries […]

  • Labor Puts Obama in “Listening Mode” at White House Meeting

    Posted on Nov 14, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Although labor hasn’t officially asked for “payback” this time around, it’s clear that unions intend to be heard on where they stand on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Labor and its supporters have long fancied themselves as the keepers of the working people, and it appears that unions will take up that mantle again in the coming weeks. Labor leaders and progressive […]

  • Union’s Strike of Bankrupt Company Half-Baked

    Posted on Nov 13, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Unions like to portray themselves as the ones who fight back and balance out the equation between employees and management. But realistically, they are the yin to the company’s yang: employees and employers are interdependent, and one cannot exist without the other. This lesson is most clear today at Hostess, where 627 employees lost their job […]

  • The Price of An Election

    Posted on Nov 12, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Take a step into an alternate universe, just for a minute: Mitt Romney has just been elected the 45th President of the United States. Millions have been spent on the campaign, but one of the largest chunks comes from Corporation X. This large corporation starts to take claim for Romney’s win even before polls have […]

  • California Labor’s Pound-Foolish Strategy

    Posted on Nov 09, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    Labor has no problem bragging about its political victories, although explaining its crushing defeat in Michigan was a little more difficult. Overall, labor unions, thanks in part to Citizens United, were able to spend vast sums of member dues on politics to get some of their preferred policies passed and candidates elected. This was especially true in California, where labor spent incredible sums on several […]

  • Want to Help? Join the Union

    Posted on Nov 06, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    President Obama’s plea for “no red tape” in the response to Hurricane Sandy was a memo that the electrical unions in New York and New Jersey might have missed. New documents appear to reveal labor’s interests in keeping the red tape tangled. Electrical utility workers from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have all complained that they faced delays, confusion,  and miscommunication that forced […]

  • A California Conundrum Surrounding Paycheck Protection

    Posted on Nov 05, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    When paycheck protection is on the ballot, there are few things that could take away from its positive effects. The editors at National Review Online, however, believe they’ve found one: In an effort to make the measure appeal to a mostly left-leaning state, the law’s drafters made serious compromises — compromises that make Prop 32 a […]

  • What’s At Stake This November

    Posted on Nov 02, 2012 by Center for Union Facts

    We all know that “elections have consequences,” but that isn’t always the case for labor law issues. There are some elections that are, by their nature, more direct in their labor law influence: Oregonians elect their state’s labor commissioner, for example (and some aren’t happy about it). But even federal elections are poor indicators of whether or […]